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A group of tech giants known as the Rockstar Consortium is suing Google, Samsung, HTC and others over alleged mobile phone patent infringements.
Rockstar, jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony, is targeting manufacturers of phones that run the rival Google Android operating system.
Rockstar spent $4.5bn (£2.8bn) buying thousands of Nortel patents after the telecoms giant went bankrupt in 2009.
Google lost out in the bidding war.
The Rockstar lawsuit claims Google has infringed seven patents relating to the way internet search terms match up with relevant advertising.Rockstar Consortium To Sue Google, Samsung and Others Over Phone Patent Use [bbc.co.uk]